Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge

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Creamer's Dairy
Alaska Heritage Resources Survey
Creamers Field barn.JPG
Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge is located in Fairbanks
Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge
Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge is located in Alaska
Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge
Location At end of Creamer Lane, in Creamers Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, Fairbanks, Alaska
Coordinates 64°51′51″N 147°44′16″W / 64.86417°N 147.73778°W / 64.86417; -147.73778Coordinates: 64°51′51″N 147°44′16″W / 64.86417°N 147.73778°W / 64.86417; -147.73778
Area 12 acres (4.9 ha)
Built 1904 (1904)
Built by Charles T. Hinckley; Charles Albert Creamer
NRHP reference # 77001572[1]
AHRS # FAIR-85
Significant dates
Added to NRHP April 13, 1977
Designated AHRS May 20, 1975

Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge is a 2,200 acre (7.3 km²) bird sanctuary, located within the Fairbanks North Star Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska and partially within the city limits of Fairbanks. It consists of wetlands, fields, and forests. The refuge surrounds the former farm of Charles Hinckley and later Charles Albert Creamer (1889-1974), a former chicken rancher from Washington state who moved to Fairbanks. Creamer saved waste grains from his barn to feed migrating birds. After Creamer's death, preservationists banded together to make the area a state refuge. The Creamer farmstead now serves as a visitor center and environmental education center, with the non-profit "Friends of Creamer's Field" presenting programs year-round. In the summer visitors can take a guided nature walk on the refuge trails. The refuge is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. It is a multi-use refuge, and limited hunting is also allowed in certain seasons. In winter dog mushing trails criss cross the back of the acreage, while skijorers have trails in the front fields.

Among the birds that flock to the refuge in late summer during migration south are Sandhill Cranes, Many ducks and Canada geese.

History[edit]

Charles Hinckley built a log barn and opened a dairy business upon arriving in Fairbanks in 1904. In 1938 Charles Albert Creamer succeeded to Hinckley and built the modern day barn, which is still visible today. All other buildings in the area were constructed subsequently after, up to the closure of business in 1965. The State of Alaska purchased all the land around the dairy in 1969, to establish the Migratory Refuge. The property is the only group of pioneer dairy farm buildings surviving in the interior of Alaska.[2]

The Creamer's Dairy, also known as Hinckley's Dairy, comprising the barn and five other historical buildings, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "NRHP nomination for Creamer's Dairy". National Park Service. Retrieved May 16, 2017. 

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